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Media Issues In Electrophotographic Digital Printing

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Print quality is of paramount importance in both the digital industry and the print-on-demand (POD) book publishing industry. Several factors, such as, media properties, toner attributes and fusing technology, play a critical role in the quality of print output. In terms of media properties, surface characteristics (smoothness, surface treatments and energy), electrical properties and dimensional stability have a direct bearing on print quality. Toner parameters affecting print quality include particle size, toner charge to mass ratio, powder flow and melt rheology. The type of fusing (contact v/s non-contact) and fuser roll materials can also influence print quality.

An overview of each of these factors and their influence on digital printing (both monochrome and color) will be discussed. Further, this paper is an investigation of the correlation between media and EP materials in a typical digital printing industry, new test methodology and print output quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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